Stakeholders advise SON on grassroots outreach

Stakeholders in the South East in the manufacturing, consumer, service and related business sectors have urged the Standards Organization of Nigeria to extend its services to the grassroots.

Stakeholders made the call Thursday in Enugu at a one-day awareness forum organized by SON under the theme “Standardization Panacea for Economic Growth”.

They said that once the message of normalization is reached at the local community level, it will have a positive socio-economic effect on the country in general. Speaking at the programme, Enugu State Ministry of Commerce and Industry Permanent Secretary Dr Godwin Anigbo urged SON to extend its services to the grassroots by raising awareness on product standardization and services.

He said: ‘We need strong engagement with grassroots people in local areas to let them know how they can achieve and maintain an acceptable international standard for any business they engage in’

“Once the majority of our local people start doing the right things and doing things right; our products and services will be the best in the world and the country will be better off for it.

Also speaking at the event, Deputy Director of National Guidance Agency of Enugu State, Mr. Felix Odoh added that SON could benefit from the spread of dispersed NOA officials in the 774 areas of the council to reach Nigerians in their localities.

He said, “This awareness and enlightenment should go beyond here and bring more Nigerians, especially the grassroots people, to know the standard for everything they produce in their localities.”

A consumer, Mrs. Vivian Offor, explained that the awareness program would have had more impact if people in rural areas had been able to benefit from it and learn how to achieve standardization in the quality of their products.

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